CenturyLink, the third largest telecommunications company in the United States, said on Wednesday that it has launched savvisdirect, a cost-effective cloud computing solution for businesses.
According to CenturyLink, savvisdirect combines its global infrastructure (which delivers 100 Gbps) with its North American cloud services through Savvis, a worldwide leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions. Services offered through savvisdirect include Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications, on-demand virtual servers, storage services and application development platforms.
With savvisdirect, developers now have a broad range of server and scalable storage options, the company said. IT administrators have one place to procure, configure and manage cloud services. Business users simply have "a cloud that works", and includes service level agreements and 24/7 support.
Andrew Higginbotham, president of savvisdirect, said that with a credit card, businesses can get hourly or monthly servers and storage, monthly application subscriptions, plus an intuitive Management Console and 24/7 access to IT professionals who can help with technical questions.
"IT may be complex, but that doesn't mean it has to be complicated," he said. "We turn complex into simple."
On Wednesday CenturyLink said that John Hebert, an IT administrator for more than a decade, participated in the Savvisdirect launch. Just like many other IT admins, he's faced tough challenges like the loss of data, failures in email backup and server downtime. But using Savvisdirect wasn't much of a challenge, as it was easy to use and manage, and offered impressive customer service.
"The overall savvisdirect experience is well-geared for businesses, even those who don't fully understand cloud," said Hebert. "It's very clean and easy to use, and it's nice to have multiple services from a single provider. The Management Console is a launch pad, so navigation is straightforward and brings everything together. The customer support has been great, responsive and knowledgeable."
Savvisdirect is now available throughout North America and will expand into Europe and Asia in 2013. For more information about savvisdirect, visit www.savvisdirect.com or call 1-855-459-5121.
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